November 29, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar, Punjab (November 29, 2013): As per certain media reports the Akal Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh on Wednesday (Nov. 27) came down heavily on Bollywood and TV serial producers for deliberately hurting Sikh sentiments to gain cheap publicity just before the release of movies or serials.
“Time and again, complaints about movies and TV serials hurting Sikh sentiments — either by presenting Sikhs in a comical character or poor light or objectionable words against Sikh religion — give an impression that these are deliberate attempts for commercial gains, which is intolerable” Giani Gurbachan Singh reportedly said.
According to Times of India (TOI) Giani Gurbachan Singh said: [w]henever there are objectionable scenes on Sikhs in the movies or TV serials, it creates controversies and Sikh bodies take to streets and hold demonstrations, which attract media attention. And to build pressure, Sikh bodies also approach Akal Takht seeking its intervention.
“Akal Takht had made it amply clear that movies having Sikh characters or description about Sikh religion should first take approval from it to avoid any controversy. But this has never happened. No film-maker has approached us before making such movies and complaints come to us just before the release, which also gives credence that these could be deliberate attempts” he added.
Some movies which courted controversy before their release are Ajay Devgn’s “Son of Sardar”, Akshay Kumar’s “Singh is King”, Sunny Deol’s “Jo Bole So Nihal” and “Singh Saab The Great” (the movie was originally called “Singh Sahib The Great”).
Sikh model-turned-actor Mandira Bedi has also been in controversy twice for the blasphemous act of wearing “Ek Onkar” tattoo in Gurmukhi on her bare back at a function held at Zirakpur and earlier during a catwalk on the ramp.
In the recent past, Sikhs were up against the title of a TV serial “Gurbani”. Gurbani is a term that refers to compositions of Sri Guru Granth Sahib. As Sikh bodies objected, the Akal Takht and SGPC intervened, following which the name was changed to “Bani – Ishq Da Kalma”.
SGPC had earlier demanded inclusion of its member in the film censor board for scrutiny of scenes relating to Sikhs in movies.
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